Daily News updates (11) – Nov 1st- 6th, 2020

Daily News updates (11) – Nov 1st- 6th, 2020

BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot Image above: Abby McLennan - courtesy Lets Talk Trash Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot(DFO press release) Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gearThe Ocean Legacy Foundation websiteLets Talk Trash (website)(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, ocean plastics(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Powell River High Expectations for this year’s Chum returns Chum salmon in front of Basil Creek culvert - Roy L hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) High expectations of this year’s Chum returns (Cortes Currents) articles about Chum in Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Streamkeepers SRD Released hall tax funding Cortes residents waiting to enter Mansons Hall - Roy L Hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) SRD released funding for Cortes Island’s community halls (Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Island’s hall tax(Cortes Currents) De Clarke’s 2018 study on hall tax funding(Cortes Currents) articles about the SCCA(Cortes Currents) articles about the WCC Campbell River’s proposed property tax increase & service cuts Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Campbell River’s plan to increase property taxes and cut services (Cortes Currents) articles about the city of Campbell River’s finances(City of Campbell River) COVID-19 Cuts into proposed 2021 City Budget – Final Decisions confirmed NOV. 30The city of Campbell River website(Cortes Currents) articles about, or referring to, Campbell River Chum salmon have returned to Basil Creek Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Chum have returned to Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about Chum in Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Streamkeepers(Cortes Tideline) The return...
Quinsam Road Camp’s last day

Quinsam Road Camp’s last day

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Friday, Oct 30th, was the last day for Quinsam Road camp in Campbell River. There were only three residents remaining and all left peacefully when the RCMP and Ministry of Natural Resources went up to clean the site.  A campsite at Quinsam road - courtesy a neighbourhood complaint to the Strathcona Regional District. Cortes Currents: Some local material (dealt with more extensively in the article below); More than 50 minutes taken from two Vancouver Co-op Radio programs about the recent election and a Vancouver solution to homelessness. Quinsam Road camp “At one point, there were about twenty people living in four or five different camps,” said Cst. Maury Tyre.  During the 5-6 months the property was occupied, the RCMP opened more than 50 case files: for theft; assault; fires. Tyre added, “The biggest one was environmental issues, which is probably why the Ministry of Natural Resources got involved – plus it is their property.” Adapted from Google maps by Roy L Hales Nunns Creek Park Some of the people from Quinsam Park are now camping in Nunn’s Creek Park, others have found different housing options. In what some regard as the first step in establishing a right to housing in Canada, a 2015 BC Supreme Court ruling recognized that homeless people have the right to sleep in public space.   Constable Tye explained, “That’s part of the reason you see tent cities in many cities. There is no allowance for permanent structures. In Campbell River, I believe they have said people have to have their tents taken down by 9:00 AM....
Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Gorge and Mansons Halls still haven’t received any funding Links of interest: (SRD) 2019 Assent voting - official results(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island hall tax(Cortes Currents) articles about Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) articles about Gorge Hall Preliminary voting results, as of Wed Oct 28 Photo courtesy Roy L Hales Links of interest: (SRD) 2019 Assent voting - official results(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island hall tax(Cortes Currents) articles about Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) articles about Gorge Hall Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Update to the preliminary voting results for Vancouver Island (includes numerous graphs and photos) (Elections BC) Preliminary Voting Results (last update, as of this writing, was made October 28, 2020, at 2:53 p.m.(Cortes Currents) articles and podcasts about the 2020 provincial election Cortes Natural Food Co-op’s best year ever - for sales Photo courtesy Cortes Natural Food Co-op Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Cortes Natural Food Co-ops best year ever in terms of sales(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Natural Food Co-op(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Gorge Marina and General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Squirrel Cove General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes MarketCortes Natural Food Co-op websiteGorge Harbour websiteSquirrel Cove Trading Co. websiteCortes Market website Provincial order limiting gatherings in homes Screenshot from Island Health Daily update Links of interest: (Cortes Currents)- Limiting gatherings in homes to immediate family and six others (BC Government News) - Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates (4:30 PM, Oct 26, 2020) (Cortes Currents) - articles using data from the BC Centre for Disease Control Election 2020: Green Party...
Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

This week, Cortes Currents presents a conversation with the Manager of the Cortes Community Forest, Mark Lombard, and President of the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative, Carrie Saxifrage.  The Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) is the non-aboriginal equal partner with the Klahoose First Nation in the Cortes Forest General Partnership (CFGP). Logs in a Squirrel Cove cutblock - Roy L Hales photo Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Mark Lombard and Carrie Saxifrage from the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative Mark is a sixth generation woodlot manager… Nature, climate change & adaptation We sought to explore the ways in which the CFGP is balancing conservation of nature, climate change mitigation and adaptation, social benefit and reconciliation through ecosystem-based forestry. So what is at the heart of their conservation strategy? The community forest is 3800 hectares (ha). 31% of that is ‘netted out’ or excluded from the area that could be cut for a variety of reasons: visual quality objectives, riparian areas, old-growth.  That leaves 2700 ha for the Timber Harvesting Land-base (THLB), the area the community forest works on and cuts trees from.  The Community Forest cut-rate has averaged around 10 ha per year, or .3% of the THLB (0.0026% of the Community Forest). By our math, this means that the THLB will all be cut in 330 years with 330-year-old trees ready to be cut back where the Community Forest started. Ageing the forest Ageing the forest one of the primary methods for preserving forest ecosystem functions.  Older forests  sequester more carbon, restore soil nutrients and provide habitat for some of our threatened and endangered species. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MOFLNRORD) has aerial-photography based maps that...
Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (9) – Oct 17th-23rd, 2020

Election 2020: Raising Bc’s self sufficiency Links of interest (Cortes Currents) articles and podcasts on the 2020 election.Conservative Party of BC websiteJohn Twigg - MLA Candidate Election 2020: the Wet’suwet’en conflict RCMP arriving at Unist’ot’en camp on Feb 12, 2020 - Courtesy Max Thaysen Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Max Thaysen’s legal observation of the RCMP raid on the Unist’ot’en camp(Cortes Currents) pro Wet’suwet’en protests in Campbell River(Cortes Currents) pro Wet’suwet’en protests on Cortes Island Election 2020: This could become the longest election ‘day’ in recent history Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Election 2020: Possibly the longest election ‘day’ in BC history (includes summary of recent Angus Reid poll and Oct 20 projection from Canada338.) (Elections BC) Key election dates(Cortes Currents) Election 2020: articles and podcasts Party leaders in Campbell River Oct 17/18 Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) BC NDP(Cortes Currents) BC Liberal party(Cortes Currents) BC Green Party BC Liberal YouTube channelBCNewDemocrats YouTube channelBC Greens YouTube channelBC NDP websiteBC Liberals websiteBC Greens websiteConservative party of BC website(Cortes Currents) articles about forests (Cortes Currents) articles about salmon farms Rainbow Ridge Rezoning Meeting Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Rainbow Ridge Rezoning HearingCortes Community Housing websiteCortes Community Housing Facebook page(Cortes Currents) Finding Home: Options and challenges(Cortes Currents) Other articles about Rainbow Ridge(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Community Housing(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Senior’s Society(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Island Senior’s village(BC Government) 2008 backgrounder as construction starts on Cortes Island Senior’s Village(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Senior’s Society Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio...
Beach Clean-up: Jonas Fineman’s story

Beach Clean-up: Jonas Fineman’s story

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  “If we can go out and clean up – helping another set of communities like the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais and Gitga’at – we can certainly start cleaning up our community. That’s what I’d really like to see coming out of this,” said Jonas Fineman.  He was one of nine eco-tour captains who had just returned from a beach clean up along BC’s central coast.  Jonas Fineman and his daughter MIla at home on board the Misty Isles - by Louis Bockner Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews Jonas Fineman about the small ship operator’s beach clean-up this summer The Misty Isles Jonas was hired to serve as captain of the 70’ foot ketch “Island Odyssey”, but his name is associated with another vessel here on Cortes Island. He and his wife, Amy Bockner purchased the “Misty Isles” last year, but he was captain of another vessel most of that summer. They decided to officially launch their new venture in the Spring of 2020.  No one anticipated COVID 19.  “ We were able to function for two and a half months for what is normally a four and a half month season. … We had some really beautiful times out on the water, with BC residents,” says Fineman. Aerial shot of the Island Odyssey off Munro Island, Central Coast BC - by Jonas Fineman Small Ship Tourism Operators Association The “Misty Isles” wasn’t the only boat affected by COVID.   Randy Burke, Fineman’s employer for close to nine years, is in a select association of eco-captains that take visitors to remote destinations between Northern Vancouver Island...